DGE Newsletter, June 2005
Jasper Ridge Global Change Experiment
In early June, the spring harvest work began winding down with the separation of roots from soil. The photo below shows Clare Baldwin, Yuka Estrada and Alison Appling at this tedious task. But then came the party (BBQ) on June 10 to celebrate and wish the Temporary Hires well for their future plans. Clare plans to vacation in Lower California and then work for Sierra Magazine. Chris Lilgeberg has just finished his MS in Aeronautics and will return to the Air Force as a Lieutenant.
Field Lab
Grad Student, Jason Funk will be in NZ from June 20 until about November 20 collaborating with researchers from two organizations: Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, and Landcare Research. Suzi Kerr is the director of Motu and has been using economic modeling to predict changes in agricultural land use that result from price changes in markets. They're working together to model the effects of an upcoming environmental policy that will give farmers incentives for carbon sequestration in forests. The model is intended to predict the location and scope of land-use changes that will result from these incentives and will bring a host of environmental benefits, in addition to reducing atmospheric greenhouse gases.
As part of their model development, he’ll also be working closely with Troy Baisden and Garth Harmsworth, environmental scientists at Landcare Research. They will be helping him map the biophysical factors that determine the amount of carbon sequestration that occurs in regrowing forests and use this information to add biophysical components to the land-use model.
The third part of the project is to study how decision-making processes vary among landowners. In his study area, much of the land is owned by Maori tribes, which have a different system of ownership, decision-making, and management priorities. Jason will be spending time interviewing these landowners to find out how they might respond in unexpected ways to policy incentives. If successful, he'll end up with a land-use model that incorporates biophysical, economic, cultural, and political factors and also have a project that addresses national-level policy, bringing it down to the ground-level decisions of farmers. That's exciting.
The final aspect of his visit will be the establishment of a pilot sequestration project. Using funding from a private foundation in New Zealand, they will contract with a few landowners to begin restoring native forests on their land. This project will help them understand the contract process, upfront costs, forest establishment, and other initial hurdles that landowners must overcome. In addition, the project will serve as a demonstration of the forest management process, so that local landowners can witness how it works.
Jason is very grateful for the funding he’s received to make this possible. His work has been funded by the Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (IPER) and the McGee Grant (School of Earth Sciences). Two of his committee members, Chris Field (advisor) and Larry Goulder have also arranged funding through their existing projects. The pilot sequestration project will be funded by the Tindall Foundation in NZ.
Asner Lab
Berry Lab
Asner's Group welcomes two student interns to work on satellite imaging for the summer. Tim Varga will be a Senior next fall. Adam Wolf will be working with Joe Berry this summer and begin his graduate studies at Stanford in the fall. He received his undergraduate degree with a major in Agronomy from UC Davis in 2001 and has been working there until now.
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